Font Type & Font Size

Font Type & Font Size 

Computers are very smart but using different fonts sizes and types can mess with an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Any singular letter, singular punctuation, or extra space with a different font type or size could be flagged by an ATS. You may not be able to notice it, but a computer will pick it up. If you used a template and received a flag related to your font, it's likely there are multiple font types and sizes throughout your resume that you cannot see. 

Font type: Is your font type the same throughout your resume? On a resume, you should only have one font type. Use bolditalics, and underling, to differentiate sections rather than using a different font. To check your font type, before converting your resume to PDF format:

  1. Click 'Ctrl+A' (or 'command ⌘+A' for Macs) to highlight your text in Microsoft Word or Google Docs. 
    1. If the "Font" box is blank, this means you have multiple font types in your resume, so you will have to change it to one type. 
    2. If the "Font" box shows a font type, this means you have one font, and this is good.
  2. Change your font to a readable, appropriate, professional font type (i.e., Arial, Times, Sans Serif).

Font sizes: On a resume, you should never have more than 3 different font sizes throughout your resume. If you have used 3 different sizes, try utilizing the bold, italics, and underline features to differentiate sections on your resume. To check your font size, before converting your resume to PDF format:

  1. Click 'Ctrl+A' (or 'command ⌘+A' for Macs) to highlight your text in Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
  2. Change all of your text to one font size. 
  3. Then change section titles and/or experiences to different sizes to differentiate sections on your resume. BUT, do not use more than 3 font sizes.

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